Keep It Idaho
An Active member of our community
As a voter, I attempt to be as well informed as possible. I research the candidates to make clear decisions on whose ideas, values and goals best align with mine.
I want you to get to know me. If you have any questions after reading my bio below, please feel free to call or email me. I would be happy to speak with you.
Something my mother told me when I was a boy; when someone has little to show by way of accomplishments, they tend to focus on how long they’ve been on the job, rather than how effective they’ve been. Consequently, one of my guiding principles is: Any job worth doing is worth doing well.
I am a lifelong Republican, casting my first vote for Ronald Reagan in his second term. However, I will not support a candidate solely because of the consonant they place after their name.
As a young man, I spent time in Medellin, Colombia living with a local family as an exchange student. Later, after having a family of my own, we hosted a student from Germany, with whom I still keep in contact. I am proud to be an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Nation. My maternal grandmother was an original enrollee to the 1906 Dawes Rolls. I am a licensed pilot and have been an aviation enthusiast for over three decades. I have flown a variety of aircraft but mainly enjoy performing aerobatics.
Due to my love of backpacking and hiking, I’ve led several 50-mile backpack trips for groups of young people to such places as Yosemite National Park, the Bitterroot Mountains, Yellowstone Backcountry, and the Havasupai Indian Reservation. I have a lifetime affinity for boating and water skiing, specializing in teaching young people boating safety.
As an NRA rifle instructor, I have spent many hours teaching the safe and responsible use of firearms.
I started my first job as a paperboy at 12, and have worked ever since. At 14, I was hired as a helper at an engine rebuilding company. At 18, I enrolled as an apprentice tool and die maker. In 1993, my brother Mike and I built an internet service provider which we later sold to a larger company. For the past 26 years, I have been self-employed as the owner of a successful manufacturing company. Over the years, most of my employees have been long-term, remaining with the company for longer than 10 years. I am skilled in computer programming and network administration, including IP telephony. I have been a member of a reserve deputy program in Idaho; I have Idaho law-enforcement experience.
My wife Sara and I live in the Hayden area. Sara has worked for the CDA School District for over ten years. Between the two of us, we have six children, one son-in-law, and one grandchild, all of whom reside in Kootenai County.
I am heavily invested in the Kootenai County community, serving in such organizations as KTEC, Boy Scouts, and sponsoring youth in the First Robotics competition. I serve KTEC as an advisor to the Automation and Engineering department, annually sharing with students how to successfully apply for a job and be a valuable employee. As an assistant and lead scoutmaster for many years, I have taught young men valuable life lessons on a variety of subjects including wilderness survival skills, interpersonal relationship skills, and leadership skills. I am a recipient of both the Assistant-Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster of the Year awards for the entire Old Missions District. I maintain friendships with many of the young men I have mentored over the years, some of whom now have families of their own.
Sara and I attend the annual Kootenai County Fair 4-H Auction; often donating meat from the auction to non-profits such as the Coeur d’Alene Food Bank, the Idaho Youth Ranch, and the Women’s Shelter. We also attend the annual Hospice Auction, volunteer at Kootenai County Fairground special events, and donate to Christmas for All. We also support community projects such as the CDA Carousel.
Sara and I met while both of us were volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 201. We love our community and want to continue to be of service here.